Chile: Water cannons unleashed in student demo for stronger public education

Clashes erupted between protesters and riot police as students hit the streets of Santiago de Chile, Tuesday, to demonstrate against the government's proposed 'Law on State Universities', which the Education Committee of the lower house of Chile's Congress is due to vote on later in the day, which they say doesn't go far enough to strengthen public higher education institutions and to regulate... Еще private ones. Several people were reportedly detained during the demonstration. The protesters, largely made up of university students and education workers, began marching at the at Plaza Baquedano before the protest turned violent, with the police unleashing water cannon at the demonstrators and the protesters throwing objects at the officers. The protest action was organised by the Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH) in a bid to «to improve the working conditions of the workers» of education institutions and to ensure public education «is not the privilege of a few but the right of all.» The government stresses that the proposed law would bolster the country's 18 state universities by introducing favourable changes to the government financing of public education as well as the universities' institutional system and rules of employment. However, protesting students argue that the law could damage public education.

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